An athlete at the Commonwealth Games has revealed he was hospitalised and put into isolation for four days while he was tested for the deadly Ebola virus.
Cyclist Moses Sesay, from Sierra Leone in West Africa where hundreds are reported to have died from the flesh-eating virus, was admitted to hospital in Glasgow after feeling unwell and developing fever-like symptoms.
However, he was later given the all-clear and on Thursday, July 31, 2014 competed in the road race time trial.
Last night, the 32-year-old said he and other athletes were scared of returning home because of Ebola and would try to remain in Britain until their special three-month visas for the Games expired.
Mr Sesay, who comes from the Rotifunk Moyamba area of Sierra Leone which has been hit by the disease, said: ‘I was sick, I felt tired and listless. All the doctors were in special suits to treat me – they dressed like I had Ebola. I was very scared.’
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he continued: ‘I was admitted for four days and they tested me for Ebola.
‘It came back negative but they did it again and this time sent it to London where it was also negative.’
The father of one, who competed in the Games on his 32nd birthday, finished last in his race.
He had arrived in Glasgow among a team of two dozen competitors and officials the week before the Games and felt unwell last Thursday, the day after he attended the Opening Ceremony.
‘All of us are scared about going back,’ he said. ‘We have a three-month visa in our passports and if I have the opportunity, I will stay here until it ends.